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Feb 03, 2013, 10:12 PM
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Painting a Sterling Balsa Wood model Chris Craft boat

Hi everyone,

Have some questions regarding painting my Sterling Chris Craft 50' Catalina Flying Bridge. What type of paint do I use? Do I seal it first with dope? Or is the color paint dope? I want to paint it white with the light blue on the top, does anyone know what the actual tone of white and blue are called? What type of clear varnish or lacquer do I use on the Mahogany parts? Should I clear the mahogany pieces before I glue them?
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Feb 03, 2013, 10:47 PM
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Hi Jeff, looks like quite a bit of construction ahead for you before many of the answers to these questions are meaningful..

Have you started the model ? ( all we see is the box ) ...
Feb 03, 2013, 11:24 PM
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Hi Jeff2010,

You will probably need to fiberglass the hull in order to give it proper strength. Here is a link to a thread that explains the whole process:

And this thread is a great resource for all construction techniques. It has links to differnt thread based on topic.

Also, you should start a thread for your boat build, this way you can ask any questions as you go, and post pictures to help explain what you are dealing with. The members here love to see pix and follow along.

Feb 03, 2013, 11:48 PM
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I have punched out all the pieces. One of the templates was missing so I had to fabricate 5 pieces myself. This is my first attempt at build a model out of balsa. I plan to start assembling next weekend.
Feb 04, 2013, 12:17 AM
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Welcome Jeff!

Can you even get model airplane dope anymore?

What a lot of us use now is thinned epoxy.

And, there is an excellent new tutorial just put out by the AMA on fiberglassing as well:

Fiberglassing Tutorial (17 min 5 sec)
Feb 04, 2013, 07:38 AM
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Oh dear, resin and cyano with everything.

Basically a hard chine hull Jeff2010, heavyweight tissue and doping should be fine for the hull. P/M your e-mail and I'll forward the words and music from this side of the pond of how to do it.

Aliphatic resin (white) glue for the wood construction.

Regards Ian.
Feb 04, 2013, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Kmot
Welcome Jeff!
Can you even get model airplane dope anymore?
Nitrate dope is used as a wood sealer and also as an adhesive for attaching materials such as silkspan.
Check out some of Pat Tritle's builds. He uses it often.

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Feb 04, 2013, 02:49 PM
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Feb 10, 2013, 08:32 PM
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Sterling Chris Craft. Progress. Started gluing

So still waiting on a response for the painting process. I need to know best way to varnish or clear mahogany pieces and sealing the balsa wood pieces. This will be a display model. No water.
Feb 10, 2013, 09:03 PM
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Man you got ALOT done fast !
Feb 10, 2013, 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Jeff2010
So still waiting on a response for the painting process.
Hi Jeff, while waiting for responses you might go to this thread, there is an Enormous amount of info on similar builds, surely there is some helpfull stuff here:

Scroll down to post # 2, there are Many links to choose from.
Feb 10, 2013, 10:01 PM
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Jeff you should also start a build thread. You have a nice piece of kit there... keep us informed of your progress!

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